Since its opening in 2018, The Retreat at the world-famous Blue Lagoon Iceland has been wowing guests and critics alike with its offering of exclusive spa services. With its own private lagoon, a luxurious selection of suites, and a Michelin Guide Recommended restaurant, The Retreat is taking self-care to a whole new level.
At The Retreat, guests are invited to explore the Blue Lagoon’s mineral-rich waters from the privacy of its own lagoon and subterranean spa. Unlike any other water on the planet, the Blue Lagoon’s geothermal seawater comes from volcanic aquifers found 2,000m below the earth’s surface. In these particular aquifers, fresh and saltwater have converged over time under searing heat and immense pressure to create a body of water rich in silica, algae, and minerals. These primary elements make this lagoon unique and offer healing properties to all those who bathe in it. It cleanses, heals, rejuvenates, and provides a sense of peace to the body and mind. With this precious resource coursing through the veins of the hotel’s spa, corridors, and suites, the sensation of wonder and wellness is palpable, and revitalisation is unavoidable.
The Retreat at Blue Lagoon is also a place where the interplay of healing and relaxation with cutting-edge architecture and design creates a space of wellbeing like no other. Having won countless awards since its inception, its most recent accolades include the National Geographic Traveller award for Top Destination Hotel (overseas); Iguzzini Lighting Design Award for Most Innovative Lighting Project; Red Dot Award: Best of the Best for Interior Design; Hospitality Design Award for Luxury Hotel; Travel + Leisure’s It List: Best New Hotels in the World; 2020 German Design Award for Excellent Architecture: Interior Architecture, and the iF Design Award 2020 for Interior Architecture Lighting Solution: SoleLuna (suite luminaire) Communication: A New Day Dawns (film).
A beacon for creativity, innovation and wellness, The Retreat has left nothing to chance when creating a modern-day sanctuary that connects the guests to the extraordinary local environment.
This attention to detail is also visible in the 62 luxury suites available at the Retreat Hotel. Visitors can opt for the spacious Lagoon, Moss or Lava Junior Suites, all channelling the surrounding frontier’s shapes, colours, patterns, textures, and materials. Intrinsically bound to the land, guests are offered once in a lifetime views of some of nature’s most sought after wonders and even the chance to catch the Northern Lights in winter.
The timeless sophistication of the design concept is coupled with outstanding service and amenities. Guests staying in the suites are offered breakfast, afternoon tea, yoga sessions, a library, cocktails, hikes, and gastronomic delights of modern Iceland cuisine at Moss Restaurant.
Led by Reykjavík-born Chef Aggi Sverrisson, the Michelin-rated restaurant offers exquisite reinventions of Icelandic cuisine set to the backdrop of views of the volcanic horizon. Guests are invited to explore Iceland through the carefully curated menus that travel the mountains, seas, rivers and farms of this untamed terrain.
Based on the finest, freshest local ingredients, the set menus change with the seasons and open the door to Iceland’s most diverse delights, including locally farmed langoustines from Grindavík, freshly caught cod, skyr and lamb.
The restaurant also features a 10-seat Chef’s Table made of lava rock that was quarried on-site and a Wine Cellar built into a cavern of multi-hued, frozen-in-time lava that erupted in 1226. Anchored by Old World wines – focusing on Bordeaux and Burgundy – the Wine Cellar also houses New World wines from the Americas and Australia.
With its natural wonders of glaciers, volcanoes, geysers and lagoons, and a rich history steeped in folklore and Norse mythology, Iceland continues to beguile visitors from far and wide. For anyone wanting to embark on an Icelandic adventure, look no further than the epicentre — The Retreat at Blue Lagoon Iceland.